Upcoming Attractions: Art and Music at The Buttonwood Tree in September and October
Submitted by Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen, General Manager, The Buttonwood Tree
(July 29, 2022) —The Buttonwood Tree at 605 Main Street in Middletown announces the following arts and music events coming up in September and October:
Violinist Chris Murphy on Friday, September 9, 2022. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. For 25 years, and with no sign of slowing down, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, the way forward is set by looking back, to the troubadours and minstrels of ages past. Forget the exaggerated reports of the demise of the music industry. Only the record industry, a relative turnaround in the history of sound chaining, is suffering. Music, and the possibility of making it a lifetime’s work, leads nowhere.“In another time,” Murphy says, “I would have been playing square dances and loving it. I would have been a court musician at Versailles in the 17th century, or a violinist in a circus orchestra. For Chris Murphy, inspiration crosses eras and aesthetics, but the fundamentals are the same.
Nick Anderson and Shady Creek Saturday, September 10, 2022. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Based on his farm in Plainfield, Connecticut, Nick Anderson and Shady Creek play Bluegrass music that keeps the traditional sound alive. Entertaining audiences with the “lonesome high sound” has been a passion for Nick and has helped keep the band together through many changes for over thirty years. The band has performed at a variety of festivals, fairs and concert halls in the North East and across Canada. Nick is considered one of New England’s finest bluegrass singers.
Luca Ciarla, violinist Friday, September 23, 2022. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $30. Originally from Termoli, Italy, Luca started playing the violin and piano at the age of eight. At twelve, he studied at the conservatory and, a few years later, began to explore jazz and improvisation. He graduated in violin in 1993 and then studied at the music school in Fiesole and at the Scuola di Alto perfezionamento in Saluzzo. In 1996 Luca moved to the United States to pursue a master’s degree at Indiana University and study jazz with David Baker. Creative and surprising violinist, Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries between genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds.
Halley Neal on Friday, September 30, 2022. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. Halley Neal is a folk-pop singer and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and Shawn Colvin, Halley’s sound combines inspirations from 70s and late 90s folk music. The concert honored 2019 Berklee Honorary Doctorates Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake and Alex Lacamoire, all of whom attended the show. During her final semester at Berklee, Halley collaborated with artist Plot Twist and her former band Rose & Kennedy to write and release a single titled “Lover”, which soon gained popularity on Tik Tok.
Showcase of the artist Alex Ranniello for the month of September. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission for this event, but donations are encouraged. Alex Ranniello is a studio painter and mural artist based in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Outside of his role as a studio artist, he has had both multifaceted and widespread community involvement in the arts across Connecticut. Since 2016, he has served as arts program administrator, assistant gallery director, studio assistant, curator, guest speaker, guest artist, event team manager, juror, and most importantly, arts advocate. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing in 2017, including a double minor in ceramics and art history; he graduated with his Masters in Marketing and Communications from the University of Hartford in 2021.
The Night Shakers of Saturday October 8, 2022. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. Based in Deep River, The Night Shakers play a unique blend of vintage blues – upbeat, jazzy and Chicago-style jump blues.Legendary blues artists like Muddy Waters, BB King, Bessie Smith, Howling Wolf, Buddy Guy, Katie Webster and Freddie King are all represented, along with lesser-known artists who helped shape the genre and new musicians who have kept the flame of the blues burning through the decades. The Night Shakers’ music appeals to a wide variety of ages – whether listening, toe-tapping or dancing – and they can spice up their repertoire with tasty jumps and jazz blues. Their love of Chicago-style vintage blues inspires their arrangements and performances, providing audiences with a tasty serving of authentic roots music. They play regularly in Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.